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Governor’s progressive tax plan could have mixed results for married couples

Governor’s progressive tax plan could have mixed results for married couples

ILLINOIS (IRN) — If Illinois adopts Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s progressive tax proposal, some couples could take a tax hit for getting married while others could get a break, according to tax experts. Married taxpayers who file jointly with the federal government apply their taxable income to different brackets than people filing separately. The thresholds are…read more

IL Treasurer Wants Changes to Banking Rules for Pot Businesses

IL Treasurer Wants Changes to Banking Rules for Pot Businesses

ILLINOIS (RFD) — Banking in the cannabis industry is a challenge and the state Treasurer is trying to modernize the rules. Right now cash that comes in from legal marijuana companies has a hard time finding a bank or credit union to take it. The laws are there to prevent drug money from illegal businesses…read more

Health Regulators Advancing Plan to Keep E-Cigs Out of Hands of Teenagers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other retail locations. The new guidelines, first proposed by the Food and Drug Administration in November, are the latest…read more

State Police Step Up Enforcement of ‘Move Over’ Law to Ensure Safety

State Police Step Up Enforcement of ‘Move Over’ Law to Ensure Safety

ILLINOIS (IRN) — The Illinois State Police is warning to drivers to follow the state’s “move over” law or face a penalty of up to $10,000. The law requires motorists to move over from stopped emergency vehicles, which includes police, fire and EMS, construction, tow truck drivers and the general motoring public when they have…read more

State Rep. Ammons wants to avoid over-regulation of recreational marijuana

State Rep. Ammons wants to avoid over-regulation of recreational marijuana

ILLINOIS (IRN) — More ideas about how to regulate the adult use of recreational cannabis could surface this week at the statehouse, but one lawmaker says the state shouldn’t overburden the industry or consumers. Greg Bishop reports … State Rep. Carol Ammons said whatever ultimately passes, should be on par with how tobacco and alcohol…read more

Illinois Lawmakers Ready to Rush Law on Wind Farm Placement Amid Court Battle

Illinois Lawmakers Ready to Rush Law on Wind Farm Placement Amid Court Battle

SPRINGFIELD (IRN) — Some Illinois lawmakers want to rush through legislation that would change the dynamic for a plan to erect dozens of wind turbines in central Illinois. The bill has yet to pass House muster, but Illinois’ state Senators discussed it in committee Thursday with the plan to send it quickly for a vote once it’s…read more

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